Janet’s Camp fundraiser draws 300
Janet’s Camp took an exotic turn this year as guests — some 300 strong — assembled on the grounds of a Denver Polo Club estate for an evening reminiscent of Havana in its heyday.
Bright colors, salsa music by the Manuel Molina band and tropical treats helped put everyone in a celebratory mood.
In the previous 11 years, this benefit for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver had been cast as a glamping — minus, of course, a sleepover — experience. But in year 12, a committee headed by Sunflower Bank president Vince Abrue decided to change things up a bit.
“There was nothing wrong with what we used to do,” Abrue said. “We just felt it was time to try something new.”
Havana Nights brought in enough money to send 350 children to Y-sponsored summer day camps.
The kids, noted Jim Hiner, the Y’s president and chief executive officer, are from families that are struggling with everyday expenses or facing crisis situations. Thirty of the summer campers will be from Denver’s various refugee communities. They’re “kids who’ve experienced war and poverty like you could not imagine,” Hiner said, adding that the camp experience will give them “a summer they’ll never forget.”
Janet’s Camp was founded by Janet Elway, who attended with beau Kevin Mckinnon. While she has stepped away from a leadership role in the event, she remains as a premiere sponsor.
Buckley Powder was the other premiere sponsor, and Jane Buckley, wife of company president Steven Buckley, served on the Havana Nights planning committee with David Alexander, Heather Bell, Brandee Caswell, Erin Dilley, Lindsay Gannott, Amy Kramer, Lindsay Manning and Stephanie Menke.
Challenge Sponsors were KPMG, Shelley and Tom Montgomery and the Phyllis M. Coors Foundation. Phyllis Coors’ son, Scott, was there with his partner, Dr. David Hurt, and their friend, Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez, a general surgeon who would be leaving the following day to begin a plastic surgery fellowship at New York University.
Tom Lorz and Jim Rhye had visited a local military surplus store to find jumpsuits like the ones former dictator Fidel Castro wore.
Epicurean catered the walkabout supper that included barbacoa, chicarrones, grilled pork and plantains; The Capital Grille supplied Cubano sandwiches and pineapple martinis.
Missy de Koning, who is with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, was among the guests; others supporting the cause were Kenneth Monfort and Chris Keith; Dana Davis, executive director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation; High Country Design Studio’s Denise Fager; Jennifer Landis; Rene and Mari Morin; Quinn Washington; Fox 31’s Meagan O’halloran, the party’s emcee; and former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers, who served as auctioneer.
Brett Dolan, Laura and Brandon Berkley, and Andrea and Joe Klopfenstein.
Jane Buckley, Vince Abrue and Brandee Caswell.
Priscila and Julio Soto.
Tom Lorz and Jim Rhye.
Jen and Remo Nieto.
Janet Elway and Jim Hiner.